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Birth stories

Readers share their stories of births in Belgium. Click here for more ...

A doula’s dream birth – Thainy...

Brazilian doula and mum-of-two, Thainy Macêdo, lets us share the story of her son Kaël's beautiful birth, in words and pictures. Enjoy!!

My three preemies – Violaine’s story

Violaine Carnoy tells about the births of her three children - now aged 16, 14 and 12 - who were all born premature.

Dad's eye view

Dads share birth stories and their views on parenthood. Are you a dad who would like to share your story? Email hello@thevillage.be to find out more.

Dad’s eye view – the births of F and C

Irish-born Stephen tells us about the births of his two children, born in 2015 and 2017 in Brussels.

Guest articles

We're delighted to welcome articles from village partners! Click here for more ...

The Brussels Cakery’s Queen B(aker)

Baltimore-born, Brussels-based Jen Delgado tells us about the origins of The Brussels Cakery and about what life can be like running your own business.

Why we should think of family photos...

In this beautiful and heartfelt article, Rhode-Saint-Genèse based photographer Ana Ionita explains the value printed photos, and why we should consider baby and family photos as heirlooms.

Parent-preneurs

Mums and dads share their stories about running their own business in Belgium. Click here for more ...

The Brussels Cakery’s Queen...

Baltimore-born, Brussels-based Jen Delgado tells us about the origins of The Brussels Cakery and about what life can be like running your own business.

Life after Belgium

All good things come to an end! Readers who have left Belgium reflect on life away from home. Click here for more ...

London calling

Antwerp-born mum-of-two, Freya Van Onckelen tells us about raising her French-Belgian girls in London.

Back across the pond

American mum Becca, whose two children were born here in Brussels, shares some reflections about life in and after Belgium.

the village blog

Creator of the village, Siobhán McGonigle, shares stories, recipes and ideas from Irish-Belgian-Danish family life.

Grandma’s got mail! –...

Despite living in an age when we can easily and cheaply video call with loved ones on the other side of the...

What does the research...

Discover some of the impacts that doula support has on birth outcomes and satisfaction with the overall birth experience, as well as what it is that makes it so effective.